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Color and Texture of Tree Trunks in Winter

At first glance the winter landscape looks so desolate, monotonous and colorless. However, I find that once my eyes/mind get tuned into the trees, their trunks and bark, I see abundant subjects of interest. Here are photos of the great variety that caught my eye one day in early January in Edmonton.








2018 – Abstract Selections

Here are my favorite abstract photos from each month of 2018. I have employed a number of techniques in these selections, from found patterns in “nature”, to digital manipulation to camera (or object ) motion:













Looking back on 2018, I didn’t do as much abstract photography as I thought I did. At least I didn’t capture as many images during 2018. I did finish up a number of abstract photos that I had taken years ago, and they are among my favorite images. However those images are not included in this 2018 collection, so please look back to my earlier “abstract photography”- tagged blog posts to see them.

Usually Colorific, but Not This Time

Autumn is famous as the season of glorious displays of color, but that doesn’t have to be all that intrigues a photographer at this time of year. Here are some black and white images of what has caught my eye this early October:


Strong Verticals

Especially on a wet fall day the strong contrast of tree trunks makes for a dramatic image.


Near and Far


Wet Corner


Reaching Upward

The autumn season is also when the river  is at its lowest level, exposing sandbar “beaches” not normally seen. And those beaches reveal some interesting forms, very suited to black and white (or mostly monochromatic) presentation:


Sandy Beach


Waves in the Sand


Under the Bridge


Verticals and Horizontals

The above photos were all taken October 1st and 2nd (2016), in the river valley in Edmonton, Canada.

Moodier in Black and White

Here are some photos taken on the same outing as my hike last Sunday in Edmonton’s  Mill Creek Ravine – but taking out the color the images have a much moodier feel.


Spring Slope


Stairs and a Patch of Snow


Trunk on a Diagonal


All Quiet Under the Bridge


Tangled Slope


and as a bonus, a black and white image from beside the river in Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Park:


Promenade Beside the Ice

Looking at Ferns

This is a little collection of photos of ferns, taken with a Samsung Galaxy S5  and processed with the Snapseed and Tiny Planets apps.






Mill Creek in February – Photos

On the south side of Edmonton lies a deeply wooded ravine in which runs the Mill Creek. In winter it will be frozen over in some places and have flowing water in other locales. Here are some photos from 2015 February 8th:

Far From the Core - The downtown Edmonton skyline in the distance, near an access to the Mill Creek Ravine.

Far From the Core – The downtown Edmonton skyline in the distance, near an access to the Mill Creek Ravine.

Creek Opening

Creek Opening

Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek

Snow and Reflections

Overwintering - Mallard ducks in  Edmonton's Mill Creek

Overwintering – Mallard Ducks in Edmonton’s Mill Creek in February

Bridge Over Mill Creek

Red Bridge Over Mill Creek

Down By the River (Part II)

In this post I share 5 more (mostly) black and white photos captured in one beautiful September afternoon beside the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada.

Ragged Wood

Ragged Wood

Lumpy Wood

Lumpy Wood

Bridge Angles

Bridge Angles

Stones in a Muddy Shore

Stones in a Muddy Shore

and finally, not really a black and white but pretty much mono chromatic except for the rust. This collection of hardware was just sitting on a rock beside the river.



Also see another 5 black and white photos from this shoot in Down by the River (Part I)

Straight-up Nature Photos

Although I love to play around with abstracted and black and white photos, today I want to share 5 photos with nothing fancy going on – pretty much just nature as I saw it.


Last Year’s Hipster

Maximum Yellow



These photos were captured in of near  Edmonton’s Dawson Park.  Many more of my photos can be seen on my Flickr photostream:

Impressions of Early April

Early April in this part of the world (Edmonton, Canada) is a time of transition, Usually most of the winter’s snow has melted (except for some shaded areas in ravines). However it is not unusual for moisture in combination with cooler days to result in new snow falling. Here are some of my abstract photos from this period, that for me capture the feeling of this transitional season without getting caught up in the details.

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Camera motion during the exposure distilled the image to it’s color essence although the captured color was subtler than shown here.

Dance of the Evergreens

At this time of year, the deciduous trees are still a month away from leafing-out. Most of the green in the landscape comes from the spruce and pine trees.

Rivers and creeks have melted significantly to provide magical reflections.

Spring Reflection


Puddles from the melted snow come and go, sometimes providing reflective surfaces and sometimes just capturing impressions of foot/paw prints.

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The light of spring can be bright and the colors subtle, but the promises for the future are big.

Trees and Snow – in black and white

Time: Mid-day, Tuesday January 4th

Weather: -1C and snowing moderately

Location: Edmonton’s river valley, trail on the south and east side of the river north of Dawson Bridge

River in Heavy Snow

Birch Bark and Snow

Snowy Trail

Heavy Texture

Silhouette Four

Snow Beaver Gnawing Stump

Tree Trunk